Arts expo scheduled
LODI: Cloverleaf schools will host its annual free arts expo from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 25 and 9 to 1 p.m. April 26 in the Cloverleaf High School auditorium, 8525 Friendsville Road.
Art from all grades will be featured, and Cloverleaf students will perform instrumental music.
HUDSON: The decision whether to rezone a 91.5-acre parcel in Hudson has been deferred until after next week’s City Council workshop, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Prestige Homes has asked that the parcel, located south of Boston Mills Road at the corporate limits with the village of Boston Heights, be rezoned from commercial to residential. Approval would allow the building of 88 more homes in the the Reserve at River Oaks development.
At a public hearing Wednesday, several Hudson residents spoke against the plan, citing traffic and environmental concerns related to wetlands near the proposed development area.
The owner of Prestige Homes also addressed council and answered questions concerning the project.
NORTON: City Council this week gave first reading on an ordinance to approve a mutual-aid agreement between Norton and the Fairlawn, Richfield, Copley, Bath, Chippewa, Sharon Center and Granger fire departments and the Village Fire District.
Norton already has an agreement with Barberton.
Motorists traveling southbound on Interstate 77 will encounter a new traffic pattern — and possibly delays — starting at noon today as part of ongoing work in Bethlehem, Pike and Canton townships, the Ohio Department of Transportation said.
Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions, but from Fohl Road to the Tuscarawas County line, southbound traffic will be split. One lane will stay on the southbound side and the other will cross over to the normal northbound side.
The shift will remain in place through October.
The work is part of a $14.3 million project to resurface I-77.
Law director resigns
STOW: City Law Director Brian Reali has resigned to take a job with the city of Beachwood.
Reali has served in Stow’s law department for 15 years, including the past six as its elected law director.
There are nearly two years left on his four-year term, but Reali noted that term limits would prohibit him from running again in 2015.
Reali, an officer with the Ohio Army National Guard, was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 and Kuwait in 2008.
“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Stow, Ohio, and I am thankful for the trust they placed in me,” Reali said.
Mayor Sara Drew, with confirmation of City Council, will appoint a law director to finish Reali’s term.
Reali said he has recommended his deputy law director, Amber Zibritosky.
Work on Route 94
WADSWORTH: City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement with the Ohio Director of Transportation to improve state Route 94, which is High Street inside the city.
The agreement concerns the resurfacing of state Route 94 from the southern boundary of Wadsworth to just south of West Street and Brouse Drive and from north of Smokerise Drive to Edenmore Street.
ODOT will pay all of the preliminary engineering and environmental studies and bridge-related costs and 80 percent of the roadway construction costs.
The city will bear the other 20 percent of the roadway construction costs and all of the costs of curbs, curb ramps, sidewalks, city-owned signs, guardrails and other miscellaneous items related to the project.